CV #11: Pharma Lobbying In Ontario — Good Thing Bill 160 Was Never Implemented

1. Other Articles On CV “Planned-emic”

CLICK HERE, for #0: Theresa Tam; archives; articles; lobbying.
CLICK HERE, for #1: piece on Bill Gates, Pirbright, depopulation.
CLICK HERE, for #2: Coronavirus research at U of Saskatchewan.
CLICK HERE, for #3: Gates; WHO, ID2020; GAVI; Vaccines.
CLICK HERE, for #4: Gates using proxies to push vaxx agenda.
CLICK HERE, for #5: Crestview Strategy, GAVI’s lobbying firm.
CLICK HERE, for #6: people GAVI/Crestview lobbied follow Gates.
CLICK HERE, for #7: M-132, Canada financing pharma research.
CLICK HERE, for #8: Canada/WHO & “vaccine hesitancy” research.
CLICK HERE, for #9: Raj Saini, lobbied by big pharma (M-132).
CLICK HERE, for #10: pharma lobbying in Alberta legislature.

2. Important Links

CLICK HERE, for Canadian Manufacturing article on Apotex.
http://archive.is/H5OBj
CLICK HERE, for Apotex lobbying Federal Government.
http://archive.is/GnOXR
CLICK HERE, for 2017 legislation to disclose pharma payoffs.
http://archive.is/CRqts
CLICK HERE, for Ford leaves pharma disclosure law in limbo.
http://archive.is/g1NHC

http://lobbyist.oico.on.ca

2. Context For This Article

I would argue that one cannot understand how public officials are reacting to the coronavirus “pandemic” without realizing who is behind the scenes. Among others, pharmaceutical companies (a.k.a Big Pharma) has been sending lobbyists in to have meetings with these officials.

This is of course not unique to Canada. And lobbying (for better of for worse) is a reality of political life. But what needs to be highlighted is the inherent conflict-of-interest when drug companies try to push solutions that they will benefit from.

Never mind that all of their predictions and modelling have been unreliable. Never mind that large numbers of people have recovered, and that deaths have been mis-labelled in order to inflate the casualty count. No, the only thing that matters is developing a vaccine.

In the previous section, several of the articles are devoted to the lobbying that has been ongoing in Canada. The Federal Government, and the Government of Alberta support mass vaccination. A reasonable person searching the lobbying registries may wonder is lobbying from pharmaceutical companies has influenced that attitude.

Now we turn to Ontario. Premier Doug Ford has bragged that there is “no reason a vaccine can’t come from Ontario”. But why is so eager to put out a vaccine on the public? As with before, it seems that the proposed solution may come from who is speaking to, and influencing the government.

Also noteworthy is Bill 160. This is the Health Sector Payment Transparency Act, passed in late 2017 by then Premier Kathleen Wynne. As the name implies, it would have forced pharmaceutical companies to disclose all spending and gifts offered in return for favourable treatment. The Liberals passed the bill, but never formally enacted the measures. It seems that Ford’s Progressive Conservatives never bother to enact it either.

3. Ford Fully On Mass Vaccination Bandwagon

This is from April 18, 2020, which is just a week ago. Listen to 6:30 mark in the video. The man talks about taking blood from people who have already recovered from Coronavirus. Okay, if people are already recovering, why the push to rush out a vaccine.

At 6:50, this may just be a poor choice of wording, but we hear “not only a step towards developing a vaccine, but treating covid-19. Okay, is the vaccine not a treatment then?

It’s also interesting that when this group is pushed for specifics about reopening the Province, they continuously deflect with vague comments about “health and science”. And if you think it’s just Ontario that is pumping money into the vaccination agenda, consult the articles above in Section #1. Also, here are some more videos.

(Bill Gates predicts no more mass gathering until vaccine developed.

(See 1:30 mark in this, or original video). Trudeau claims that “normalcy will not return without a vaccine that is widely available, and that could be a very long way off”.

(From March 30, 2020 public announcement). The Government of Alberta is stating is may very well be a year to develop a vaccine.

Does anyone notice that they all seem to be pushing the same talking points? It’s all about pushing a vaccine, and keeping some form of restriction or lockdown until that happens.

4. Ford Gives Apotex A Shoutout

“Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen an overwhelming number of Ontario businesses join the fight against COVID-19, whether it’s re-tooling to manufacture vital supplies like hand sanitizer, masks, or ventilators, or delivering those supplies to our frontline health care workers and first responders,” said Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario, in a statement. “Companies like Apotex are showing the Ontario spirit by stepping up to the plate and offering to help. Working together, we will defeat COVID-19 and get through this crisis.”

Interesting bit of information is Premier Ford giving a shout out to Apotex, a GTA based pharmaceutical company. Without sidetracking too much, there is a rather convoluted story with Apotex, and here are some of the main points.

Apotex had been heavily involved in attempting to lobby the Federal Government into passing favourable legislation regarding intellectual property. There are many reports, and in fact a complaint had been filed due to the questionably nature of some of the lobbying. Barry Sherman and his wife Honey were murdered shortly after the investigation began.

Interestingly, there aren’t any lobbying reports after the December 2017 murder of the Shermans.

CapforCanada post a good article on the situation, and it’s well worth a read. The story is too long to address here, but it’s believed that this was murder, committed to keep quiet about illegal lobbying with the Trudeau and Morneau families.

In yet another twist, Apotex announced it will supply HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE, which is an anti-malaria drug, for clinical trials to combat coronavirus.

All of this is a huge aside, but it is interesting that Ford would single Apotex out by name, especially under the circumstances. He also hasn’t (to my knowledge) mentioned this drug as a potential cure, though he insists that a vaccine is necessary to return life to normal.

While Apotex lobbying on the Federal sphere may have stopped, it is a very different story Provincially.

This is just what’s on the record between Apotex and the Ontario Government. But sure, nothing to see here, people.

5. Ford Never Implemented Bill 160

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A law that would have made Ontario the first province in which drug companies were forced to publicly disclose their payments to doctors is in limbo with less than two months to go before the data collection was supposed to begin.

Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government has not enacted the regulations that would bring into force the Health Sector Payment Transparency Act, legislation that was hailed as a major step toward openness in medical marketing when the former Liberal government passed it nearly a year ago.

Health Minister Christine Elliott’s office would not say whether the Tories intend to proceed with the transparency law or abandon it.

In the meantime, the legislation has been left to languish alongside other laws the Liberals passed but did not execute before they were swept out of office in June.

“We know, in many cases, the health sector did not feel that the prior government engaged in proper consultation when enacting legislation,” Hayley Chazan, the minister’s press secretary, said in an e-mailed statement that declined to answer specific questions about the transparency law. “That’s why our government is broadly consulting with partners in health care and reviewing all legislation that has not yet come into force as part of our efforts to develop a long-term transformational health strategy.”

The law would have led to the release of massive amounts of new data about how the pharmaceutical industry tries to influence the practice of medicine in the province.

How convenient it is that a law passed in 2017 was never actually implemented. This would have forced drug manufacturers and consultants to disclose how much money they had been spending in order to push their drugs to the public at large.

Ford claims (as did Wynne) that a delay is necessary in order to consult various parties and look for ways to best implement it. So, then why go through the time and expense of drafting and debating legislation BEFORE the consultations were done and the details worked out? Why is doing it AFTER the fact a better alternative?

Or, could this just be a way of “appearing” to clamp down on lobbyist influence, while still ensuring that is goes ahead nonetheless? Doesn’t seem like a populist thing to do.

6. Pharma Lobbying Of Ontario Gov’t

Of course, this is nowhere near all of them. Does it paint a clearer picture? The Ontario Government is on the receiving end of lobbying by the drug industry. But because Bill 160 wasn’t implemented, we won’t know if any money has changed hands.

7. Ontario Gov’t And Pharma Lobbying

Could this be the real reason Bill 160 was never implemented? All of these lobbying records look back enough on the surface. However, if money changed hands in order for certain drugs to be approved, or be sold in certain places, it ups the sleaziness considerably.

Kathleen Wynne passed Bill 160 in late 2017. She could have easily implemented it. So could have Doug Ford when he took power. Both had majority governments.

Keep in mind, this is not an exhaustive list of the drug lobbying that is going on in the Ontario Legislature. There is much more, and the above is just a sample of it.

Now, with this so-called “coronavirus epidemic”, Ford seems very interested in pushing to have a vaccine developed. Could the influence-peddling of Big Pharma have something to do with that?

One Reply to “CV #11: Pharma Lobbying In Ontario — Good Thing Bill 160 Was Never Implemented”

  1. It’s sad to see this happen.

    The only reason I can give for not actually implementing is a deliberate effort to “appear” to be against drug lobbying, while ensuring it continues.

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